Spring has well and truly sprung and as the bare legs start to come out again, we’ve got a host of new restaurants, cafes and pubs in Sydney for you to try this month.
When you’ve done all that, there’s a new exercise haven and online gateway to beauty nirvana to balance things out. So whip out the diaries because we’ve got some new additions for you to pencil in with our list of what’s new in Sydney this October.
The Playground Sydney’s pop-up restaurant
In a bit of a food rut? The Playground Sydney has embarked on a mission to change the way you think about cuisine. Hosting a variety of pop-ups that feature non-mainstream food, this is the perfect way for Sydney foodies to go a little outside of their comfort zone and experience new cultures without ever having to leave our city. This month’s pop-up features Emirati cuisine—think spiced lamb and zaatar bread, and goat and okra. With only a limited amount of seats per time slot, snatch up your tickets fast.
Bavarian Bier Café & Rooftop Miranda
When October comes around there’s only one thing on our minds: Oktoberfest. And no one does Oktoberfest quite like the good frauleins and herrs at the Bavarian Bier Café. Welcoming the Sutherland Shire to the fold with their new Miranda rooftop addition, all your regular show-stopping dishes are on the menu as well as an array of slightly more modest burgers and salads for those wanting to go a little lighter. So get out the dirndl and lederhosen, don a milk braid and hoist your steins up high this month.
New Shanghai CBD
You’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a problem that couldn’t be solved by dumplings. So CBD dumpling enthusiasts should be pretty jazzed that New Shanghai is going ahead with its plan for Australia-wide dumpling domination and opening in Westfield this month. In addition to the must-have xiao long baos, you can’t go wrong with their braised tofu, salt and pepper squid and shanghai noodles. We recommend grabbing a group because you’re gonna want to try the whole menu at this place.
Do mo arigoto Mr Roboto never had such a direct application to reality until Mrs Mi came along with their robotic chef. But fear not, the robot apocalypse isn’t upon us just yet as Mrs Mi’s Chatswood Chase restaurant’s robot counterpart is only an assistant and will be tasked with the job of cutting their authentic noodles to perfection (now if only there was a home-sized version…). So grab your friends for a spectacle whilst you sip and slurp your way through Mrs Mi’s delicious menu of noodles, dumplings and savoury pancakes.
Soho in Balmain
Soho in Balmain is husband and wife duo, Justin and Ronite’s first venture into hospitality and we think they’ve pretty much nailed it. The menu at this new Sydney bar is perfect for slow grazing with a few bottles of vino or a long-overdue catch up with the girls. We recommend the haloumi ‘cheese on toast’ with parmesan croquettes and chorizo and Portuguese style mussels just to get you started. So if you’re thinking that a long lunch (or three) is on the cards for you this month, then shake your bon bons over to this 1920s styled wine bar.
BBQ season is here! Taking real pride in their produce, Double Bay’s newest butcher, 1888 Certified, will get you more than ready for your next backyard sizzle. With a keen focus on sustainability, traceability and ethical farming, Double Bay’s newest butcher stocks some of the best cuts of meat around. So whether you’re after some snags, a whopper of a t-bone or a succulent rack of lamb, this is the place to go to fulfil all your barbie needs.
The Grind & Co
Alexandrian punters can rejoice at the opening of this new speciality coffee and food bar. Transforming a shipping container into a deluxe timber clad café, The Grind & Co have taken the term upcycling to a whole other level. Not only is the coffee excellent and made from their own 100% sustainable Arabica blend, this Alexandria haunt is helping the working crowd escape the daily grind with their summer schedule of BBQ Fridays, Middle Eastern feasts and sausage sizzles.
Walsh Bay Kitchen
Dinner and a show never sounded so good until Walsh Bay Kitchen opened its doors in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant Arts District. The interiors are moody, the wine list impressive and the food is plated up with the same amount of theatre you’d expect to see on stage. With affordable two or three course options that come with a glass of wine, there’s no reason for you not to kick your heels together and get your culture on this October. Cate Blanchett may even make an appearance!
Here at The Urban List pizza isn’t just a food, it’s a way of life. And the charismatic fellows behind Via Napoli have a passion for their pizza so big they had to add another location to their Italian empire. Recently opening its doors in Surry Hills, it’s time to grab a group of hungry friends for the best carb-fest you’ll have this month. Think oozing burrata, moreish gnocchi, authentic 1-metre long Napoli-style pizza and tiramisu to top it all off. While food comas are inevitable, we think you’ll be singing That’s Amore all month long.
The guys behind CBD cocktail staple, Bulletin Place are taking a step towards the east with their new Surry Hills locale, Dead Ringer. Offering punters a relaxing contemporary spot to refresh, Sydneysiders can expect the same forward-thinking cocktails of the original with the additional plus of fine-dining quality bar food. Winning! The menu changes regularly, but that just means that you can keep coming back time and time again to this new bar in Surry Hills.
Stepping inside this Chippendale warehouse, you’d probably think you’ve taken a wrong turn and turned up at a pretty awesome mechanic. But no, it’s just Momofuku Seibo alum, Clayton Well’s homage to the many travels he’s had while working abroad. Featuring a frequently changing five-course menu for $88, diners will be experiencing some of the best new food in Sydney. So start your engines and book yourself in for a meal at Automata that’s equal parts delicious and ‘grammable.
Hotel Harry’s new hotel rooms
Conveniently located where the CBD meets Surry Hills, this newly opened boutique hotel has a bit of a sordid past—but that just makes us love it even more. Hotel Harry is the perfect oxymoron; the rooms are contemporary whiet the reception maintains a speakeasy feel reminiscent of the building’s 1912 origins. Not only is the location prime, but hotel guests will also enjoy the benefit of all the regular amenities you’d expect from a modern hotel. What’s even better is the fact that Harpoon Harry’s is buzzing just below so you don’t even have to step outside for your fix of pub food in Sydney.
Tan Temple’s Champagne Lounge
Dilemma: the sun’s out but winter has taken it’s toll and your tan, well let’s just say some ghosts have more colour then you. That’s where Tan Temple and their professionally trained Tan Goddesses come in. Only using the most advanced tanning technology, you’ll never walk out traffic cone orange at this Bondi tanning salon. What’s even better is that they’ve recently added a Champagne Lounge to make their tanning experience even more luxe. From bridal parties to formal-prep, whatever the occasion, enjoy a complimentary bottle of bubbles this month while you compare tanning shades with your closest gal pals.
Lorna Jane Active Living Room
If that song didn’t already make it clear, activewear is totally a thing. However, considering the amount of food we consume here at The Urban List on the regs, sometimes squeezing in a workout or two is needed. Now while you may know of Lorna Jane as Australia’s resident activewear queen, the new Lorna Jane Active Living Room in the CBD’s World Square is bringing her Move. Nourish. Believe philosophy to life. Holding a series of group fitness classes ranging from HIIT to Lorna’s signature LJ Physique workout, it’s the perfect way to show that we don’t just do nothing in our activewear.
Public House Petersham
From the upcycled beer garden to chef, Martin Cerny’s from-scratch philosophy, Public House Petersham is the quintessential of inner west culture. With local wines, The Sparrow and Vine, on tap as well as desserts that feature award-winning Cow & Moon gelato, we can already hear the chorus of “Inner West is Best” at Petersham’s newest pub. But the real star of the show here is their wood-fire oven roasting whole animals as well as tasty, tasty pizzas. Keeping all things light and fun, go head to head with your mates on the pinball machines and get in touch with the locals at some of their community events.
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The people of Chippendale are singing with the news that Singapore-based chef, Frederic Colin will be bringing his Parisian charm to our shores with Bistrot Gavroche. We’ve got our hungry eyes on their signature fish quenelle with crayfish sauce when they open their doors in November.
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Image credit: Daryl Kong at Dead Ringer, Jackie Lyn Powell at Public House Petersham